'Country Music: A Film by Ken Burns' is a thorough exploration of country music and the 8-part series debuts September 15 on local PBS television affiliates WDSE / WRPT.

This amazing 16-hour film was directed by Ken Burns, and produced by Burns and his long-time collaborators Dayton Duncan and Julie Dunfey.  According to the press release:

The documentary, written by Duncan, chronicles the highs and lows of country music’s early days, from southern Appalachia’s songs of struggle, heartbreak and faith to the rollicking Western swing of Texas, California’s honky-tonks and Nashville’s “Grand Ole Opry.” The film follows the evolution of country music over the course of the 20th century as it eventually emerges to become “America’s music.”

Country Music explores crucial questions –– “What is country music?” and “Where did it come from?”–– while focusing on the biographies of the fascinating trailblazers who created and shaped it — from the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Bill Monroe and Bob Wills to Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Garth Brooks and many more — as well as the times in which they lived. Much like the music itself, the film tells unforgettable stories of hardships and joys shared by everyday people.


In a nutshell, this is a film that every country music lover needs to watch and B105 proud to be the local radio sponsor.

The film will air over eight nights, with each segment lasting two hours.  The first half airs Sunday, September 15 through Wednesday, September 18 and the second half airs Sunday, September 22 through Wednesday, September 25.  Each segment begins at 7:00 p.m.

Courtesy of WDSE
Courtesy of WDSE


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